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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] qemu: clear seccomp capability if TSYNC is not supported by host

On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 02:37:48PM +0200, Marc-André Lureau wrote:
> Hi
> On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 2:25 PM, Ján Tomko <jtomko redhat com> wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 02:09:41PM +0200, marcandre lureau redhat com wrote:
> >>
> >> From: Marc-André Lureau <marcandre lureau redhat com>
> >>
> >> With qemu <= 3.0, when using "-seccomp on", the seccomp policy is only
> >> applied to the main thread, the vcpu worker thread and other worker
> >> threads created after seccomp policy is applied; the seccomp policy is
> >> not applied to e.g. the RCU thread because it is created before the
> >> seccomp policy is applied.
> >>
> >> Since qemu commit 70dfabeaa79ba4d7a3b699abe1a047c8012db114 "seccomp:
> >> set the seccomp filter to all threads", qemu will require seccomp
> >> TSYNC flag, and will fail to start if the flag isn't available.
> >>
> >> Without it, sandboxing is flawed. Disable seccomp capability if the
> >> host is not capable of using seccomp TSYNC.
> >>
> >
> > Is there a reason for qemu to advertise 'sandbox' in
> > query-commandline-options if it's not usable?
> >
> I suppose qemu could probe for the host support, and remove the
> -sandbox option if host is not capable.
> The problem would remain for older versions of qemu though.
> So maybe a better plan is to:
> - remove sandbox capability if qemu <  3.1
> - disable -sandbox in qemu if host doesn't support TSYNC

If we do the check for qemu < 3.1, then libvirt breaks if a distro
backports the fix (eg to RHEL-7).

If we don't check for qemu < 3.1, then we used -sandbox, but it has
no benefit because its trivially escaped from other threads. This is
no worse than how it has worked for entire of existance of the -sandbox

So probably on balance it sufficient to just make QEMU hide -sandbox
if TSYNC is missing, and ignore the question of old QEMUs.

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